Partey in talks with Atletico Madrid

Thomas Parteygent is currently in talks with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid over the possibility of securing a new deal with the club.

The 26-year-old Ghana international has been with Atletico since during his time in the youth team, working his way up to become a featured member of the first team squad from 2015 onwards. There’s been some speculation over the last few years that he may go elsewhere, with city rivals Real Madrid being interested in throwing their name into the hat, but it seems as if he’s more interested in staying where he is.

Atletico have had a mixed season up to this point with Partey featuring fairly regularly, ensuring that it’ll be pretty interesting to see what sort of terms they eventually come to with the contract.

Either way, it doesn’t seem as if he’s going to be leaving anytime soon.

Rabiot set to stay at Juventus

According to a recent report from Calciomercato, Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot has made the decision to stay with the club.

Despite only being in Italy for two minutes, there has been a constant stream of reports suggesting that Rabiot could be making his way out of Turin once the end of the season rolls around. Things aren’t believed to have gone all too smoothly for him there since making the jump over from Paris Saint-Germain, but now, it seems as if he’s ready to give it another shot.

The 24-year-old was recently said to have been featured in some kind of potential swap deal with Manchester United alongside Aaron Ramsey for Paul Pogba, but now, it seems like he wants to stay after all.

Rabiot hasn’t been the easiest of players for either Juve or PSG to deal with over the years, but nobody can deny the level of talent he possesses.

Bayern Munich not happy with Sane?

According to a recent report from Kicker, Bayern Munich are not happy with Leroy Sane’s decision to change his agent.

The move hasn’t gone down well with the club who were said to be making good progress regarding a potential summer move for the Manchester City star. This has been one of the biggest ‘what if’ sagas of the last year or so, with Sane coming close to joining Bayern on several occasions. He certainly seems to want to pull the trigger on the move, but his injury at the start of the season put a pin in those plans.

It’s all going to come down to the nitty gritty details now and while both sets of fans are clearly sick of hearing about this potential deal, the best thing for everyone would be for a resolution to be reached as soon as possible – and preferably before the season ends.

Race for the Premier League Champions League spots blown open

On Monday night, Manchester United recorded what could be a vital 2-0 victory at fourth-place Chelsea. The victory has blown the race for the Premier League’s four Champions League spots wide open. There is now just five points between fourth-place Chelsea and ninth-place Everton, in what could be the most interesting fight for European places we have seen for a while.

Teams battling for top-four spots

Although the recent news of Manchester City’s two-year ban from Europe has led to fifth-place being enough for a place in the Champions League next season, teams will still be aiming for the top-four.

City will appeal the ban and have a lot of financial resources to get it overturned. They also have powerful owners, who are unlikely to let the matter lie. In the end, fifth-place will not necessarily be enough for a place in Europe’s elite competition next season.

If in the unlikely circumstances City’s ban does stick, then it means two of the six teams from fourth to ninth will get into the Champions League next season. There is also a scenario were eighth place could earn a team qualification for the Europa League.

Chasing pack struggling for consistency

The strange thing about the fight for the European places is that no team has been outstanding this season from the chasing pack. It’s hard to say but Liverpool have been a class apart, with City’s current likely absence Leicester look nailed on for Champions League football next season.

However, below the Foxes, every team has struggled for consistency and have failed to be outstanding at any point in the season. The likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, Wolves and Manchester United have all struggled for consistency. Sheffield United deserve massive credit, though, maybe they have been outstanding.

Then you have the curious case of Everton. A few months ago, the Toffees were in the relegation zone and struggling for points now they are in the thick of the battle for the European places, even if they do have a nightmare remaining fixture list.

All the above teams will believe they have a realistic chance of playing in Europe’s elite competition next season. One thing is for sure they would all need to improve on their current consistency to have an effect in the latter stages of the Champions League.

The likes of Tottenham and Chelsea managed to qualify from their groups. However, some would say they were relatively fortunate to make it to the last-16 for various reasons.

Chelsea and Tottenham favourites

Without the Premier League’s top-three, Chelsea and Tottenham are the favourites to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Blues are still fourth-place and odds of 10/11 for a top-four finish this season.

However, Frank Lampard’s team have now failed to win in four Premier League games, having won just once in six league outings. Meanwhile, Tottenham seems to be finding form at the right time in the English top-flight. Jose Mourinho’s team has now won their last three league games.

The early kick-off on Saturday in the Premier League this weekend is Chelsea v Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. The game could have a massive barring on the race for the top-four spots this season. The best result for their rivals would be a draw, which could make things even more interesting.

At the moment it is difficult to predict who will finish in those Champions League spots. There is sure to be plenty more twists and turns in the campaign, which just adds excitement to the end of the Premier League season, in which the title race is all but over.

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Ajax face summer exodus

Ajax are reportedly facing a serious possibility of a mass exodus come the end of the season.

The team which shocked the world last season by knocking the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus out of the Champions League before suffering a heart-breaking exit in the semi-finals, all that while on their way to a domestic double, had understandably attracted much attention as rich clubs around Europe came for a peck at their players. Midfielder Frenkie de Jong made his move to Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt joined Juventus last summer, and now Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Hakim Ziyech.

And David Ornstein of The Athletic believes that the Morocco international’s imminent exit is a sign of things to come. Apparently, the journalist has learned that there are at least four more players angling for a move away from the Johan Cruyff Arena this summer – goalkeeper Andre Onana, left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, and midfielders Donny van de Beek and David Neres. Defenders Daley Blind, Joel Veltman, Noussair Mazraoui and Sergino Dest could leave as well.

Van de Beek is likely to be the main story, with Real Madrid regularly credited with strong interest.

Live Dealer Blackjack: New Features for Added Excitement

Live Blackjack is exciting per se due to a land-based casino atmosphere it brings to your nearest desktop or mobile device. To make the gameplay more interesting, developers have added potentially lucrative side bets. As if this had not been enough, online casinos have lately seen a line-up of new Blackjack variants introducing never seen before features. At least, when it comes to live dealer Blackjack. Stay with us to learn more about the innovative features adding more excitement to the gameplay. 

Infinite Blackjack

Are you tired of waiting for a seat at a Live Blackjack table? Then we have some excellent news for you. Evolution Gaming comes up with Live Infinite Blackjack, a table where you won’t have to wait our turn any more. The table can be joined by an unlimited number of players at the same time, which explains the name of the game variant. Available on desktop and mobile devices, the title uses 8 card decks and offers a total of four side bets.

Besides the fact that countless players can join the table, the game also employs the 6-Card Charlie rule. According to it, the player who has a hand of 6 cards worth less than 21 is the winner of a round regardless of the dealer’s hand. While offering two optional bets, 21+3 and Pairs, which are standard at Evolution Blackjack tables, the game also includes The Hot 3 and The Bust It bet. The former earns you a payout when your first two cards and the dealer’s up-card total 19, 20, or 21. The top prize is won on three 7s and stands at 100:1. As for the latter, it pays when the dealer busts and the more cards they bust with, the higher payout, up to 250:1.

Quantum Blackjack

This one comes from the Playtech creative kitchen. It introduces Quantum Multipliers, thus giving regular Blackjack a modern twist. Played with 8 card decks, this is a pretty standard Blackjack version in terms of rules with a few exceptions. Apart from Quantum Multipliers which are added to random cards and can go up to 10x, the game also introduces the rule according to which the dealer busting with three cards is a push. Besides the main bet, Quantum Blackjack offers two side bets – Perfect Pairs and 21+3.

As for Quantum Multipliers, they are randomly generated and added to random cards. If you create a hand with one or more Quantum Cards and beat the dealer’s hand, your payout gets increased. What’s more, when such a hand is completed with two or more cards with multipliers, your prize can be boosted up to 1,000x. It happens as multipliers are combined.

Speed Blackjack

Another title coming from the Evolution creative kitchen gives control to the player. For the first time in the live casino history, you don’t have to wait for your turn to make moves. The game presents players with an opportunity to make their moves as soon as they are ready to do it. Thanks to this, the time needed for a round to be finished is reduced by 30% up to 40%.

As for other rules, they remain the same. Once you place your bet and receive the first two cards, you can make a decision. If you want to go on, you will receive an additional card without waiting for other players to complete their moves. The game introduces one novelty, though. It is an Autoplay feature that will complete the hand for you if you don’t make your move in time. According to it, a hand worth more than 12 stands while a hand worth 11 and less automatically hits. Bet Behind, Perfect Pairs and 21+3 are on offer, just like in standard Blackjack by Evolution Gaming.

Power Blackjack

Unveiled at ICE 2020, Power Blackjack is yet another innovative Evolution’s game variant. At the moment of writing this article, we know that it will offer players an opportunity to increase their double down bet for a chance to win a bigger payout. It can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled. The game variation is based on Infinite Blackjack, so we suppose it will accept an unlimited number of players and include the 6-Card Charlie rule.

Conclusion

As you can see, there is a lot of going on in the production of live casino solutions lately. The casino classic today comes in more and more innovative variants that will most certainly attract the younger population and those players who like taking risks. If you are one of them, give one of the Blackjack variations described above a try. They grant an exciting gaming experience due to an opportunity to win bigger prizes while playing at tables hosted by live dealers!

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Arsenal keen on new Saka deal amid Liverpool and United interest

Arsenal are accelerating their efforts in securing the future of Bukayo Saka, according to The Athletic.

The 18-year-old is contracted to the club until the summer of 2021 and earns ‘only’ £3,000 per week, which simply doesn’t reflect the value he has given on the pitch since being introduced into the first team last year. He produced a great performance in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday, and his enormous potential seems to have become obvious to other clubs. Apparently, Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayer Munich are all keen on taking the youngster for themselves.

In order to prevent something like that from happening, Arsenal have made getting him to sign a new contract a priority. Though a positive outcome is by means a certainty at this point, the talks are being held with some frequency and are progressing well enough for the club to feel confident the player, a winger by default but recently deployed at left-back, will out his name on the dotted line.

Chelsea to make nice profit off a player that never played for them

Chelsea have already started making big plans for the summer ahead. The Blues are currently fighting for the top four finish in the Premier League and soon they will be back in Champions League action. They have spent 45 million euros for Hakim Ziyech, as they already snapped him up before competition came in. But now it looks like Frank Lampard’s side will get a nice profit where they maybe did not expect it.

According to the Guardian, Atalanta have taken up the option to sign Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic on a permanent deal. The Serie A side have been impressed with the Croatian’s performances these past two seasons and they will pay 15 million euros to get the 25-year-old on permanent deal. Pasalic has been a Chelsea player since 2014 when he arrived from Hajduk Split for 2.5 million euros.

However, he had never made his debut for Chelsea, which means the Blues will get 12.5 million euros of profit off of a player that never played for them.

Barcelona to sign Leganes striker on emergency deal

Despite the fact that the January transfer window has ended 17 days ago, on the last day of January, Barcelona are in to sign a new player this week. This unexpected turn of events is possible due to regulations in Spain that during Ferbruary, a side can sign a player on an emergency deal if they prove that they were unlucky with the injuries they had in the aftermath of the deadline day.

La Liga ruled in Barcelona’s favour, granting them the opportunity to sign a new player this week only, if they can get a deal done. Also, there is a caveat that teams cannot spend crazy sums of money, which has made things tougher for Barca in regards to choosing the player they will sign.

And it looks like that will be Martin Braithwaite, as his agent has travelled to Barcelona to finalise a transfer, according to RAC1. The 28-year-old striker is going to ‘ease the pain’ inflicted by injuries of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembelle. The thing is that if Barcelona sign Braithwaite, Leganes will not be given the chance to get a replacement for him and all while they are fighting to stay in the league.

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United: Martial and Maguire earn victory as VAR denies Chelsea

Chelsea’s indifferent form at Stamford Bridge continued on Monday evening as they lost 2-0 to Manchester United.

Anthony Martial gave the Red Devils the lead just before the break as he escaped from marker Andreas Christensen to score with a brilliant header. The Danish international was replaced at half-time through injury and his substitute Kurt Zouma equalised, only for VAR to rule out the goal.

Insult was added to injury for Chelsea as Harry Maguire, who may have been unfortunate to escape a red card in the first-half, headed in a 66th minute corner. Substitute Olivier Giroud thought he had got the Blues back into the clash but VAR intervened again to disallow the strike for offside and hand United a great victory in the chase for Champions League football.

Chelsea waste early chances

Chelsea looked dangerous in the early stages as Willian and Reece James sent efforts marginally wide of the Manchester United goal. The hosts were handed a significant blow though as N’Golo Kante was forced to be withdrawn through injury.

The frustration built even further for the hosts as following a coming together at the touchline, Maguire appeared to kick out at Michy Batshuayi but escaped a red card from both the referee and VAR.

Lampard’s men continued to enjoy the majority of play though and a great move saw Andreas Christensen nod the ball down to the advancing Willian, who in turn attempted to pick out Michy Batshuayi with a low cross. The Belgian could not quite react quick enough to turn it home. He then wasted another glorious chance as he scythed substitute Mason Mount’s centre wide.

Red Devils score on half-time

Those chances came back to bite Frank Lampard’s men as the visitors scored the opener on the stroke of half-time. Aaron Wan-Bissaka did excellently to whip in a stunning cross and that quality was replicated in Martial’s header as he delightfully placed the ball into the far corner.

Chelsea thought they had got an equaliser from a corner as half-time substitute Kurt Zouma volleyed home. A brief VAR check chalked off the Frenchman’s strike for Cesar Azpilicueta’s push on Brandon Williams.

Maguire rises highest to double the lead

The Red Devils started to control the game following that let-off. January signing, Bruno Fernandes, went so close to notching his first goal for the club as he smacked a free-kick off of the base of the post.

Maguire, who Chelsea supporters were still perplexed at still being on the field, then did eventually double the lead as he connected powerfully with a corner for his debut goal in the Premier League for the Red Devils.

VAR halts Chelsea once again

Lampard and Chelsea thought they had hauled themselves into the clash as Giroud dispatched a brilliant header into the back of the net from Reece James’ cross but once again VAR intervened – this time for offside.

There was enough time right at the end for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to introduce Odion Ighalo and the Nigerian could have opened his United career with a goal but his shot from close range was smothered by Willy Caballero. Two were enough though as United cut the gap to the top four to just three points.

Final Thoughts

On the balance of play, Manchester United probably did deserve the win. In the key moments, the Red Devils were far more clinical. Chelsea will bemoan VAR for allowing Maguire to remain on the field and for their two disallowed goals but they cannot begrudge the result which has seen the Blues fall to another loss on home soil.

Match Report

Chelsea: Caballero (6); Azpilicueta (6), Rudiger (6), Christensen (6) (Zouma (6), 45′), James (6); Kante (N/A) (Mount (5), 11′), Jorginho (6), Kovacic (6); Pedro (5), Willian (5), Batshuayi (4) (Giroud (5), 68′).

Manchester United: De Gea (6); Wan-Bissaka (7), Maguire (8), Bailly (7), Williams (6), Shaw (7); Fred (6), Matic (6), Fernandes (7) (Dalot (N/A), 90+3′); James (6) (Pereira (N/A), 80′), Martial (7) (Ighalo (N/A), 90′).

Goals: Martial (45′), Maguire (66′)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Yellow Cards: Willian (36′), Rudiger (48′), Fred (59′) Pedro (64′), Williams (76′), Wan-Bissaka (79′)

Red Cards: N/A